January 26, 2011
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The Singularity Summit is the world’s leading dialog on the Singularity, bringing together scientists, technologists, skeptics, and enthusiasts alike. It was created to provide a much needed forum to discuss the risks and opportunities presented by our expanding relationship with technology.
Visit their registration page for the 2012 Summit, where you can buy tickets before prices increase on September 30. We hope to see you all there for this momentous occasion.
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BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor Joel Johnson’s interview with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, on the evolution of conceptual design. In this installment, we go inside Syd’s studio in Pasadena, CA, and learn more about the creative process behind his work for movies, television, and automobile design — both Hot Wheels and life-sized — and how Syd feels about design in the video game industry. Mead… read more
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The MovieReShape software was developed at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrucken by Christian Theobalt and colleagues, and enables movie-makers, both amateur and professional, to dramatically change the appearance of people on video without computer editing each frame. The software can quickly and easily manipulate parameters such as muscularity, body bulk, height, waist and hip girth, and length of legs.
Video Source: Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking “fantastic voyages” in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes Nova viewers to an even smaller world in “Making Stuff: Smaller,” examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day… read more
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OmniTouch, a wearable projection system developed by researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, lets you turn pads of paper, walls, or even your own hands, arms, and legs into graphical, interactive surfaces.
OmniTouch uses a depth-sensing camera, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, to track your fingers on everyday surfaces. You control interactive applications by tapping or dragging your fingers. The projector… read more
Source: New Scientist
New Scientist | “Tests that show machines closing in on human abilities“
From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America’s next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.
Video Source: CBS News
In a new study performed at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have for the first time been able to see the self-assembly of nanoparticle chains in situ, that is, in place as it occurs in real-time.
The scientists exposed a tiny liquid pouch that contained gold nanoparticles covered with a positively charged… read more
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PBS NewsHour | Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room? Virtual reality technology is already employed by certain industries, but economics correspondent Paul Solman considers the variety of applications it could have in the consumer market in the future.
Force for good or ill? Economics correspondent Solman explores the latest virtual reality technology with Stanford University’s Jeremy Bailenson, and weighs its societal impact with… read more
“GestPoint® is the core gesture recognition technology powering GestureTek’s touchless interactive displays, point and click presentation systems and mouse replacement solutions. GestPoint utilizes advanced computer vision and body tracking software to convert simple hand movements into direct mouse control in any environment.”
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EUTUBE | Europe can celebrate 25 years of successful funding of Research in the area of Information and Communication Technologies.
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A new heart scanner is giving doctors their clearest ever view inside the human body. The 3D high definition scanner allows surgeons at a hospital in Plymouth in southern England to spot problems well before a patient suffers a heart attack or even shows any symptoms.
Video Source: euronews